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Wrigleyboy25
11-08-2008, 02:08 PM
Obama apologizes to Nancy Reagan for seance remark

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan on Friday to apologize for a remark about seances he made during his first news conference earlier in the day.

When a reporter asked Obama if he had spoken with any ex-presidents since his election on Tuesday, he responded that he had spoken to all former presidents "that are living."

"I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances," he said.

Nancy Reagan, wife of 40th President Ronald Reagan, was derided in 1988 when his former chief of staff Donald Regan revealed in a book that the first lady had consulted an astrologer to determine the president's schedule.

Obama apologized to Reagan "for the careless and offhanded remark," Obama transition team spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said. Video Watch Obama make the seance remark

"The president-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation," Cutter said.

President Reagan died in 2004 at 93.

Other first ladies have reportedly used spiritual advisers.

In his 1996 book, "The Choice," Washington Post editor and writer Bob Woodward said that as first lady, Sen. Hillary Clinton had seance-like sessions at the White House during which she conversed with late first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. At the time, the White House said the sessions were not seances.


Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was rumored to have held seances at the White House in order to contact her two dead sons, Eddie and Willie. She also reportedly went to seances under an assumed name after the president's death to attempt to contact him.

Immediately after the seance remark, Obama said he had "re-read some of Lincoln's writings, who's always an extraordinary inspiration" and mentioned that former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush and current President George W. Bush "have all been very gracious and offered to provide any help that they can in this transition process."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/07/obama.seance/index.html


So he makes it an entire campaign without a gaffe, then makes a pretty insensitive one about an 87 year old in his first 12 minute press conference. Pretty hard to figure. Glad he apologized though.

SmthBluCitrus
11-08-2008, 02:14 PM
Yea, I would say that was in fairly poor taste. Glad he apologized, too.

I suppose it could be attributed to finally having a moment to breathe now that the campaign is over. He just let his guard down for a second in an attempt to make a joke -- watching the press conference, when he started making the "alive" Presidents remark, I kind of saw where it was going. It was a shame.

Wrigleyboy25
11-08-2008, 02:17 PM
Yea, I would say that was in fairly poor taste. Glad he apologized, too.

I suppose it could be attributed to finally having a moment to breathe now that the campaign is over. He just let his guard down for a second in an attempt to make a joke -- watching the press conference, when he started making the "alive" Presidents remark, I kind of saw where it was going. It was a shame.
That may have been it. He was being all Palin-folksy. It was really weird. His mutt comment was funny, but a lot of it felt awkward.

LAFord
11-08-2008, 02:20 PM
Perhaps we'll see more of the "real" Obama now that he won't be so scripted or on guard.

It was an attempt at humor made in bad taste...He should be impeached.:p

SmthBluCitrus
11-08-2008, 02:29 PM
That may have been it. He was being all Palin-folksy. It was really weird. His mutt comment was funny, but a lot of it felt awkward.

Yea, the mutt comment was humorous. He really excels at being self-deprecating humor. Some people can't pull it off without coming across as awkward. But, it works for him.

My friend does it, too. She just comes across as sad and lonely. But, then again ... she is sad and lonely. :(

PunkShizzle
11-08-2008, 04:45 PM
Obama is just not a funny guy. Wish he wouldn't try.

ink
11-08-2008, 06:20 PM
obama is just not a funny guy. Wish he wouldn't try.

+1

gcoll
11-10-2008, 01:47 PM
Obama is just not a funny guy. Wish he wouldn't try.

Very true.

This particular response wasn't overly offensive or anything, it was mostly just befuddling.

Drucifer
11-10-2008, 02:21 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/07/obama.seance/index.html


So he makes it an entire campaign without a gaffe, then makes a pretty insensitive one about an 87 year old in his first 12 minute press conference. Pretty hard to figure. Glad he apologized though.It's a strange subject matter. Don't think there is a correct political stance that can be taken here. A lot of people believe that we can make contact with the afterlife and many believe there is no afterlife. But the vast majority just hopes there is an afterlife. There is no proof for any of those stances -- only faith!

And unless Nancy is now senile, I think she should be use to the non-believers jabs. It goes with the territory when you believe in something that most don't.

Wrigleyboy25
11-10-2008, 02:24 PM
It's a strange subject matter. Don't think there is a correct political stance that can be taken here. A lot of people believe that we can make contact with the afterlife and many believe there is no afterlife. But the vast majority just hopes there is an afterlife. There is no proof for any of those stances -- only faith!

And unless Nancy is now senile, I think she should be use to the non-believers jabs. It goes with the territory when you believe in something that most don't.
Point is he was bringing up the dead husband of an 87 year old woman in a negative/poking fun manner. It was in bad taste.

Jerry34
11-10-2008, 03:24 PM
Obama is just not a funny guy. Wish he wouldn't try.

Yeah, I noticed this the few times he was on The Daily Show. Hopefully he is better at being President.

ari1013
11-10-2008, 03:30 PM
Point is he was bringing up the dead husband of an 87 year old woman in a negative/poking fun manner. It was in bad taste.
It was a stupid comment. I really don't think he meant it to slight her at all.

I had to read it over like 3 times before I could even figure out what he was trying to say with it.